SIMD – How the public bodies and Government see Callander


The SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) is a relative measure of deprivation across Scotland. The index looks at areas across income, employment, education, health, access to services, crime and housing. Current data is collected across Government departments and public bodies. Data relating to population is estimated.

There are 6,976 data zones across Scotland and these are ranked from 1 - the most deprived to 6,976 -the least deprived. Callander is divided into 5 zones one of which,1013114, includes some households out with the Callander Community Council area.

Government and public bodies will refer to this index when making decisions that will affect public services and community development initiatives in the town

What data zone am I in?

The data zone reference numbers for Callander are SO1013112-116.

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What is Callander’s overall ranking in the SIMD?

There is no overall ranking for the town but one data zone falls into the 5% of least deprived, 3 fall into the 20% of least deprived and 1 falls into the midpoint between least and most deprived data zones.

How has Callander’s SIMD profile changed between 2016 and 2020?

According to estimates the population has dropped slightly in 2 data zones but increased elsewhere.

Taking an average of all Callander data zones 27% of residents were over the age of 65 in 2019

The average crime rate across our 5 data zones has increased from 180 per 10,000 people to 312 per 10,000 people. In 2016 there were 67 crimes reported across all data zones and in 2020 there were 118. The increase in crime was across all data zones.

Unemployment fell from 160 to 130 people across all data zones however there was a small increase in the number of income deprived people

There were significantly lower (50%) hospital admissions due to alcohol use, a 40% decrease in admissions from drug use, a slight (2%) increase in those being prescribed medication for depression and an overall slight increase in the comparative illness factor

The percentage of 17-21 year-olds enrolling in University has dropped from an average of 14% to 11% in each year.